We must build a free and just society, Vladimir Putin underlined in today’s inauguration speech. But the young protesters who this weekend rallied in the streets of Murmansk and other Russian cities do not believe him.
Singer Vladimir Martynenko from Murmansk used to tour neighbouring Scandinavia with Russian ballades about faith and love. He was arrested and spent more than 2 years in Lefortovo after refusing to cooperate with the Federal Security Service.
In a tribute to the former Norwegian border inspector who is locked up in a high-security Moscow prison on charges of espionage, artist Morten Traavik sets up dozens of Norwegian and Russian border poles in Berg’s home town Kirkenes.
Tuesday marks the commemoration of national Sámi Day, a celebration held across Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia on the 6th of February.
Bust of Lenin in the military ghost town of Korzunova on the Kola Peninsula. Click on the image for more photos. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
This newly white painted bust of Lenin is placed near the smelter in Nikel on the Kola Peninsula.
Maybe this Lenin statue in Arkhangelsk is the largest in the Barents Region? You find it on the central square with the city administration in the back and the regional parliament across the street. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
In Salekhard, the capital of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Lenin monument stands in front of the administration building. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Lenin in front of the Regional Duma in Arkhangelsk. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
1st of May rally in Murmansk. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Lenin in front of the Cultural Palace in Nikel on the Kola Peninsula. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
The world's first civilian nuclear powered vessel is named after Lenin and is today moored alongside the pier in the central harbor of Murmansk. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Lenin in Norilsk on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Lenin in Petrozavodsk. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Lenin monument in the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk.
Lenin monument alongside the Lenin Prospekt in Murmansk. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Lenin monument on the square in Kargopol, Arkhangelsk Oblast. Photo: Bjørn Frantzen
Lenin on the wall on board the Soviet Union's very first nuclear powered icebreaker named after the man himself "Lenin". Photo: Atle Staalesen
Lenin bust in Barentsburg, the Russian settlement on Svalbard. Photo: Nicole Merten
Lenin(s) on the bookshelf in Nesseby, Norway. Photo: Thorbjørn Bjørkli
Lenin(s) on the wallshelf in Nesseby, Norway. Photo: Thorbjørn Bjørkli
Last autumn, the Government of Finland decided to start preparing a reconciliation process dealing with Sámi issues. The process took its first steps on the 10th of February in Inari, when a seminar was held on what the reconciliation process has looked like in different parts of the world.